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Heat Pump vs AC: Which is Better for Your Home?

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May 22, 2024

When it comes to cooling your home in Greater Sacramento, choosing the right system is crucial for optimal comfort and energy efficiency. Two popular options are heat pumps and air conditioners, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. 

Brower Mechanical offers high-performance heat pump and AC installation with decades of experience providing reliable HVAC services in the area. Our team of experts can help you stay cool & comfortable this summer, and many more to come. 

What’s the Difference Between a Heat Pump & Air Conditioner?

Before we dive into the pros and cons of heat pumps and air conditioning systems, it’s important to understand how they work and the differences between them. 

Air conditioners use electricity to remove heat from the air inside your home and transfer it outside. They consist of an outdoor unit that expels the heat absorbed in your home and an indoor unit that circulates cool air throughout your living spaces. The two components are connected with a line of refrigerant that acts as the medium for transferring heat. While air conditioners are technically a form of heat pump, they only provide cooling for your home. 

Heat pumps also use electricity to move heat out of your home, however, they also work in reverse to provide efficient heating during the colder months. They consist of an outdoor unit that both expels and captures heat, and an indoor air handler/distributor (which can be installed in multiple configurations). A heat pump can connect directly to your home’s central duct system or operate without ductwork with individual air handlers placed strategically throughout your home for zoned comfort.

Heat Pump vs Air Conditioner

Heat pumps and air conditioners can both offer efficient cooling during the summer heat, but there are a few key differences between them. The team at Brower Mechanical can help you determine which option is best for your home’s specific needs during a free in-home consultation.

Energy Efficiency

One of the primary advantages of heat pumps is their energy efficiency. Because they transfer heat rather than generate it, heat pumps use significantly less energy compared to both traditional heating systems and air conditioners.


Unlike air conditioners, which only provide cooling, heat pumps can both cool and heat your home, making them a more flexible option for year-round comfort. With a heat pump, you can enjoy consistent indoor temperatures regardless of the season, eliminating the need for separate heating and cooling systems.

Cost & Incentives

While heat pumps may have a higher upfront cost compared to most air conditioners, their energy efficiency and all-electric operation make them eligible for several incentives in the Greater Sacramento area. From federal heat pump tax credits up to $2,000 to utility rebates from SMUD and PG&E, heat pump installation can be much more affordable.

Humidity Control

Both heat pumps and air conditioners help control indoor humidity by removing moisture from the air as they cool it. However, some heat pumps, like Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling systems, offer enhanced humidity control capabilities, making them particularly well-suited for the humid summers in Greater Sacramento. 

Maximize Your Comfort this Summer with Brower Mechanical

Both heat pumps and air conditioners have their advantages, but the best choice for your home depends on your specific needs and preferences. In Sacramento's moderate climate, where energy efficiency and home electrification are key, a high-performance heat pump may offer the ideal solution for year-round comfort and energy savings. 

To determine the best cooling solution for your home, consult with the experts at Brower Mechanical. We've been in business since 1979 and recommend the perfect system to keep your home comfortable in every season.

Get started with a free in-home cooling consultation. Call 916-624-0808 or contact us online for more information.

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